Botanic Bites

Doreen started Botanic Bites in 2016, after she discovered the sustainable ánd tasty properties of fungi, but also how much products were thrown away at local farms. By now she has saved thousands of kilo’s unused king oyster stems, purple carrots and tomatoes from being wasted, and turned them into Damn Good healthy food. This year she’s been focussing more on convenience for the consumer, by making it “our mission to make the ‘best choice’ as easy and accessible as possible. Eating good food and helping your health, the planet and animal welfare at the same time, that should always be the most alluring choice!”

 

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The Story

 

At the basement of the old archive

Our story begins in 2016 in the abandoned cellar of the former archive of Eindhoven The Netherlands growing oyster mushrooms on coffee waste. We were so enthousiast that you can grow beautiful, delicious and nutritious fungi on local agricultural waste and even on coffee, that within a few months we grew nothing less than nine different sorts of exotic mushrooms.

Tackle local food waste

Soon we learnt how much food is already wasted at the beginning of the food chain: at the farms. We ended our fantastic adventure as mushroom growers and connected directly with the farmers around us. We created our first innovative products using local residual streams like tomatoes, black carrots and the stems of various mushrooms, fighting food waste at the same time.

More and more farmers contacted us wanting to collaborate and contribute to a future proof food system. For example, at the beginning of the corona crisis we rescued 1000kg of king oyster mushrooms which where supposed to be served  at the best restaurants in and outside The Netherlands but had to close down during the lock down. Within one week we turned them into delicious burgers, snacks and sausages and delivered them in bbq boxes throughout the whole country directly to our enthousiast customers.

Food Innovation at high speed

Nowadays we still use as much residual streams as possible but also work with other beneficial ingredients like local seaweed, pulses and grains. Next to clean, healthy ingredients and the use of less salt we aim for minimal processing in order to create the most delicious food products. With all our passion we innovate at high speed creating new delicious products and tackle social issues at the same time.  We are very proud that our work has been rewarded several times, for example with the ‘Organic Food against Climate Change’ award or during the ‘Amsterdam Food Pitch’.

There is always something tasty cooking up in our kitchen in order to contribute to a more delicious, healthy and sustainable tomorrow.

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